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Jeff Bezos Unveils New Rocket

Jeff Bezos Unveils New Rocket

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By    |   Monday, 12 September 2016 01:03 PM

Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled Monday the design of his latest rocket — the New Glenn — which will be capable of launching commercial satellites and people, into the orbit around Earth, according to The Washington Post.

Describing the New Glenn, Bezos said the rocket would come in two variants — a two stage and a three stage model, which would be ready to fly by the end of the decade. The New Glenn will be 23 feet in diameter and range between 270 and 313 feet high. The rocket will be powered by seven BE-4 engines and would have 3.85 million pounds of thrust at sea level.

"Our vision is millions of people living and working in space, and New Glenn is a very important step," Bezos wrote. "New Glenn is designed to launch commercial satellites and to fly humans into space."

The rocket will be able capable of sending satellites and people into lower Earth orbit (LEO), when it is with one stage. But with two upper stages, the New Glenn can take push payloads beyond LEO.

The announcement comes at a crucial time for the commercial space industry which has had a share of both good and bad news.

Last week, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic successfully performed the first test flight of its new spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, which promises to take people, who are willing to pay, into space, according to the Post.

The industry also witnessed a major catastrophe when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a test. The company is grounded while investigators try to determine the cause of the explosion.

The New Glenn rocket, which is expected to be ready to fly in a decade, will be launched from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 36.

The Verge reported that Bezos also has a bigger rocket plan called the New Armstrong, but added that it was "a story for the future."

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